DIY Dairy-Free Vanilla Coconut Milk

Carrie Forrest Founder of Clean Eating Kitchen |

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

The next time you’re on the hunt for a dairy-free milk alternative, skip the bland, I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-milk beverages from the pre-packaged cartons and create your own at home.! You’ll find making plant-based milk is quick and easy, and the taste is unparalleled. This recipe for vanilla coconut milk brings a tasty tropical flair to your palate, regardless of whether you’re adding it to cereal or drinking it straight from the glass. Each sip will send you to a creamy, coconut paradise!

Vanilla Coconut Milk Recipe

Dairy-Free Vanilla Coconut Beverage


4 Medjool dates or 8 Deglet dates, pitted
1-½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 whole vanilla bean or ½ tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups hot (not boiling) water


  1. In a high speed blender, combine hot water and coconut for 20-30 seconds or until thoroughly combined.
  2. Using a nut milk bag, strain the coconut mixture into a large bowl. Discard the pulp (or save it for another recipe). Pour the liquid back into the blender.
  3. With a paring knife, cut the vanilla bean down the middle. Scrape out the vanilla beans and add them to the blender.
  4. Add dates to the blender and process on high for one minute, until dates are thoroughly blended.
  5. Store the milk in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.